On November 09 there will be a marathone-lecture of the Bavarian declaration of THE MANY in Kammer 1 and on the Maximilianstraße in German, English and Arab.
BAYERISCHE ERKLÄRUNG DER VIELEN (THE BAVARIAN DECLARATION OF THE MANY)
Art creates spaces for change
As active members of Germany’s cultural scene, we do not stand above things. Rather we have both feet firmly on the ground – the very ground upon which the worst state crimes against humanity were committed.
Each and every person who plays an active part in Bavaria’s cultural scene has a special responsibility. This is where the National Socialist Movement was founded. Munich was the capital and party headquarters of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP). Bayreuth brought Nazi leaders and big business together within the framework of the Richard Wagner Festival. Obersalzberg became the Third Reich’s second seat of government, and Nuremberg became the marching grounds of Reich Party Congresses. The Haus der Deutschen Kunst (House of German Art) served to exhibit what was considered defining Germanic culture, while in Dachau, the prototype of the concentration camp was developed.
In this country, one type of art was defamed as “degenerate”, while other art was misused for propaganda, and the Reich Chamber of Culture legitimised the prohibition of professions. Millions of people were murdered or exiled. Others ignored events, became beneficiaries or accomplices of an inhuman system, and artists belonged to both groups.
Today we conceive art and its various institutions – museums, theatres, concert halls, urban or rural clubs – as spaces that belong to many, regardless of origin, skin colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or beliefs.
A collective of heterogeneous individuals enriches our pluralistic society. Many different interests can meet.
SOLIDARITY OVER PRIVILEGE. IT CONCERNS ALL OF US. FREEDOM FOR THE ARTS!
In this sense, democracy has to be renegotiated on a daily basis. To do this, all of us have to be involved – each individual is a symbol for the many.
Right-wing populism is hostile to agents of this societal vision when it disrupts or obstructs events, aims to determine repertoires or programmes, polemicises against the freedom of art, or works towards renationalising culture.
Racism, discrimination and exclusion are part of everyday experiences. A contemptuous attitude to the complexity of our society, to refugees who need our help, or to artists trying to illustrate phenomena of their time, cannot be tolerated.
This alliance does not only want to fight the symptoms, but also oppose these developments by scrutinising its own structures and standing up for people’s freedom – especially the freedom of thought and art.
We, the signatories of the Bavarian Art, Culture and Theatre Institutions and Interest Groups, are committed to the diversity of our society and practice it in our institutions.
The art and cultural institutions who sign this declaration will lead an open, critical dialogue that creates awareness of right-wing populist strategies. They will engage in this dialogue both with all participants and with the public under the premise that their institutions have a commitment to advancing our society democratically.
All signatories commit themselves to not offering a platform for racist-nationalist propaganda.
We reject attempts by right-wing groups to exploit art and cultural events for their own purposes.
We, the undersigned, unite in solidarity with people who further marginalised within society by right-wing ideologies.